Phuket Province Diving

Sitting by the Andaman Sea and offering a generous mix of world-class diving, bustling nightlife, Thai culture and iconic beaches, Phuket has something for all. Dive sites are suitable for all levels and the marine life is seemingly endless; with thriving corals, reef fish, turtles, sharks and schooling pelagics.


Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, with bustling nightlife and shops, plus quiet villages, temples and mountainous jungles just waiting to be hiked. An array of dive and snorkel sites await you; offering easy reefs, pinnacles, wrecks, caves and deep walls hosting beautiful corals, whale sharks and numerous tropical fish.


Diving in Phuket Province

Phuket Island, a beautiful paradise island that boasts mountainous rainforests, white sandy resort towns surrounded by turquoise warm waters, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. Bathed by the Andaman Sea, the iconic beaches here, along with the bustling nightlife, interesting Thai culture and tasty restaurant experiences, attract holidaymakers from all around the world.
Scuba diving in Phuket entails colorful coral reefs teeming with tropical creatures, encrusted shipwrecks, plunging walls and sites with sensational topography, like drop-offs, swim-throughs, tunnels and caves. Suitable for beginners and seasoned divers, there’s something for everyone here. Novices can take their first underwater breaths at easy, shallow sites, perfect for entry-level dive courses, while experienced divers will be spoilt for choice by the number of varied training sites that make advanced certifications an exhilarating activity.
Phuket has a large number of dive centers and dive resorts that cater to all budgets, from lower-cost backpacker-style operators, to high-end luxury resorts and liveaboard cruises. For divers, there’s simply nothing that’s unavailable. Dive trips take clients to nearby dive sites, such as those along the west coast, including Karon Beach, Kata Beach, and Patong. Day trips consisting of two or three dives are possible at areas slightly further away, such as at Koh Racha Yaoi and Koh Racha Noi, and even the Phi Phi Islands, which include Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Leh and the Koh Bida Islands. World-famous dive sites like the King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point and Anemone Reef are also great sites to explore. All of these dive sites are not to be missed if you have the time to get yourself on a trip.
At any dive site, you can expect to see all the favourite Indo-Pacific marine species. Hard and soft corals, sea fans and sponges decorate wrecks, rocks and reefs where eels and lobsters hide, while tropical species like angelfish, parrotfish, lionfish, anemonefish, stingrays, wrasse and many more are scattered around the seascapes. Schools of snapper, trevally and barracuda are fairly common, and adorable macro cuties like nudibranch, seahorses and shrimp can all be spotted. Turtles and reef sharks aren’t uncommon, and lucky divers might encounter a whaleshark.
Thanks to the tropical climate, diving is year-round, with water temperatures ranging between 28°C-30°C (82°F-86°F). The high season sees the best diving conditions and weather, and the most abundant liveaboards, which is from November to April. The rainy season from May to October can experience reduced visibility and choppier seas, but there are still plenty of sheltered dive sites to see, plus bargains can be had on diving and accommodation.

Best places to dive

Racha Yai and Noi offer varied diving suitable for all levels, and host a ton of diverse marine species, including mantas and whalesharks.
Shark Point and Anemone Reef, often dived back-to-back, boast amazing topography and tons of healthy, vibrant marine life, from macro life, gorgonian fans and hard and soft coral, to colorful reef fish, schooling fish, turtles, reef sharks, and even the occasional whaleshark.
The King Cruiser Wreck is an iconic vessel covered by corals and fish. Sank in 1997 after hitting Anemone Reef, it now lies on the ocean floor, serving as an artificial reef, where insane amounts of lionfish and pufferfish thrive.
Koh Dok Mai offers amazing wall and drift diving, and is covered with sea fans, soft corals and a wealth of diverse fish.
Bida Nok and Bida Nai are world-class spots, and are as beautiful underwater as they are above. Expect epic topography, like walls, caves and long reefs, combined with immense clouds of snapper.